She does, but it is best, as it turns out, to finish untying her before floating her, so she does not end up cockly-wobbly on the fenders while the locals chuckle.
But she rows like a dream and is dry as can be.
The stern hatch provides shade for winter-pale legs and makes a good backrest.
Back in the shop, Janek and I finished up the gunwale boards and notched in the ribs.
Measuring for the tricky inner gunwale cut.
Trimming the bolts off even with the sex nuts.
Routing the gunwale tops before sanding and oiling.
How sweet it is.
Here I am trying to set the world’s record for cutting out latch holes with a dying router bit. The fiberglass trashed the carbide edge to the point where it is doing more burning than cutting. Often this will make a bit so hot it just snaps off. Or it sets the project on fire.
Amazingly I made it through all twelve latch holes without catastrophe. Don’t try this at home.
And the ducks are all in a row. For the chine bend we had to bring in the heavy artillery. A stiff batten on a tight curve. But we got it.
You should try a bundle batten, a bunch of battens (say five) 1" x 1/8"ish x 5-10'. Rivet them together at one end and you should be able to bend a fair curve around even the most pesky lines. If you want a photo of one ask and i'll snap one tomorrow.
Sorry about deleting the original, had to get the measurements right.
That sounds like a very good idea. I'll have to make me a few of those.